“If it wasn't airborne, we have no idea how it got in,” he said.
Oklahoma has the second highest incidence of samples testing positive for the virus — 155 through Sept. 8; Iowa is the only state with more, at 181, according to a report by the USDA's National Animal Health Laboratory.
Outbreaks aren't required to be reported to federal officials so the scope of PEDv's impact is difficult to determine. Blayne Arthur, a spokeswoman for the state Agriculture Department, said it's something the agency is aware of and is concerned about, especially since hogs are one of the state's top agriculture commodities.
A USDA report that will be released Friday is expected to give a clearer picture of the virus's impact. The report, released quarterly, was last published in June and details the hog inventory as of June 1 — right as PEDv became widespread.
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What is it?
What is Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDv)
• First recognized in England in 1971; first found in the U.S. in May.
• Transmitted via the fecal-oral route, causing acute diarrhea within 12 to 36 hours of onset.
If it wasn't airborne, we have no idea how it got in.”
Prestage Farms general manager